Debra Reid is a licensed paramedic, a large-animal rescue volunteer, a survivor of domestic abuse and a mother of four. For the past year, she and her children have shared one room in a homeless shelter, waiting and working for a new Habitat house that should be finished by late 2007.
"This whole experience has been so surrealistic," Reid, 35, said.
"Without Habitat, there's no way I'd be able to buy a house like this. Now my kids have a safe place, and that's the important thing."
"My oldest came in and looked around and just had this look of disbelief on his face," Reid said. "He's like, 'This is ours. Nobody's going to be able to kick us out or anything.' Then he went around and hugged everybody who was working on it. My daughter Stormy is ready to start painting and picking out flowers for the front yard."